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The Stunning Ways Driftwood Builds Landscapes

Rivers and lakes were constructing with lumber long, long before people (or beavers) ever had the idea.

Documenting Endangered Species in the Remote Mountains of Laos

We have been in the mountains for fifteen days and the team is weary but triumphant. We have crossed lakes and traversed rivers, camped in the rain and trekked through the dense forest in search of the endangered Chinese swamp cypress tree.  After adventurous road travel and even sinking boats, we have located remote forests and found…

Messing Around in Boats in Quest of Endangered Trees

“Believe me my young friend, There is nothing absolutely nothing worth half so much doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Graham, Wind in the Willows Our team is waiting, while someone else is doing the messing about with our boat, and it does not half feel worth it. Our team of botanists, ecologists,wildlife…

Search for the Giant Chinese Swamp Cypress: Meet the Tree Team

For this National Geographic-sponsored expedition to save the Critically Endangered Chinese swamp cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis), we have brought together a dynamic group of people from the U.S., Scotland, and Laos. Let me introduce you to our team. We broke up into three groups to conduct surveys in promising watersheds of the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area…

New Years in a Land of Golden Buddhas

Eager to begin the search for the Chinese Cypress trees they’ve come to study, the team must deal with cultural and political detours of many kinds.

Discovering the Endangered Cypress Trees of Laos

Come with us to one of the last truly wild places in Southeast Asia: the Annamite Mountains of central Laos. Along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, among hill-tribe villages, we’ll be studying the majestic—and critically endangered—Chinese Swamp Cypress.

October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world’s largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl’s ruins, trace tree rings’ roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.

5 Surprising Facts About Squirrels (Hint: They Make Jerky)

As squirrels in the Northern Hemisphere hoard food for winter, we take a look at the industrious and diverse rodents, which can range from a half an ounce to 20 pounds.

You Cannot Save the Climate Without Trees

The People’s Climate March that trumpeted its way through the streets of Manhattan yesterday was led by communities on the front lines of climate change—and Indigenous Peoples were at the forefront of this group.  The tropical forests where they live are not only getting hammered by changing weather patterns, drug traffickers, invasive pests, and massive…

Barro Colorado, Island of Magic Diversity in the Middle of Panama Canal

National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler shares pictures and thoughts about the marvelous diversity of Barro Colorado, a tropical island sanctuary in the middle of one of the world’s most famous and busy waterways. The award-winning photographer has updated “A Magic Web,” a large-format picture book about the island and its thousands of species.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Meteor Shower Today, Nazi Diary Discovered…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Skywatchers this morning may have witnessed a rare meteor shower, the diary of Hitler’s confidant will soon be unveiled to the public, and …

EPA Makes Historic Announcement: First Greenhouse Gas Rule for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited greenhouse gas rules for new power plants this week. Using the Clean Air Act, the agency standard would set the first national limits on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions new power plants can emit. The EPA proposed the rule after delaying it several times since July 2011. Power plants are the largest…

Cherry Tree Planting in March 1912 Shaped Public Face of Washington, D.C.

The cherry trees are blooming in Washington. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, marks 100 years since First Lady Helen Taft and the Japanese ambassador’s wife, Viscountess Iwa Chinda, planted the first two trees. No photographs of the event exist, and newspaper accounts were sketchy. But historical records offer a picture of what happened that day and how it came about.

Eucalyptus: Freshwater Species of the Week

  Although trees perform many valuable ecological services, not every tree is a “good tree.” Some can be downright problematic, especially when they are invasive, crowding out native species and hogging resources like water and growing space. This is especially true in South Africa, where invasive plants like imported eucalyptus trees cover about 10% (19-million…

A Green Veneer: Sweden’s Forestry Industry Gets Low Marks Despite Reputation

A country like Sweden can and ought to lead on issues like sustainable forestry. But is it doing so? Freelance photojournalist Erik Hoffner visited the Scandinavian country to find out.